Let's count the ways Rudolph and Oklahoma State owned Pittsburgh

Let's count the ways Rudolph and Oklahoma State owned Pittsburgh

If Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph wants to get his Heisman campaign going, carving up Pitt on the road the way he did at home a year ago (540 yards passing in a 45-38 win) would be a pretty good place to start. The Cowboys were leading 56-14.

Rudolph passed for 423 yards in the first half, the most yards thrown in a half in school history. He has a stellar 11-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio through three games. Pitt's last home victory over a top-10 team at Heinz Field came in 2003 when the Panthers upset No. 5 Virginia Tech 31-28.

The Cowboys have scored on their first five series, led by great playmaking from running back Justice Hill and quarterback Mason Rudolph, to lead 42-7 in the second quarter.

After just a few minutes, it became apparent that Pitt was no match for Oklahoma State's ridiculous offense. Rudolph raced past that total alone - in just one half.

Through the first half, Pitt is down 49-14. Dillon Stoner had five catches for 100 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown.

Rudolph showed other evidence of his improved polish, calling audibles (including switching to runs) at the line of scrimmage to adjust to the defense. "If they're not doing something, either I'm running the ball or JD is running the ball". In their fastest drive of the game, Jalen McCleskey found the end zone on the receiving end of an eight yard pass from Rudolph.

This team's fans fell asleep during the game.


One of the top prospects in the 2018 National Football League draft class, Rudolph is strengthening his draft stock with every game.

Rob Rang is a senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, a collaboration between The Sports Xchange and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Scouts are eager to see which player performs best when the Cowboys host the Sooners on November 4 in what should be an epic clash.

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